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Old December 31st, 2017, 02:07 PM   #41

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Robert McCormick, owner of the Chicago Tribune, was a rabid hater of FDR and the New Deal. He was born with a silver spoon in his mouth. He was an America Firster, a reactionary, businessman, lawyer and all around FDR hater. He may have committed an act of treason when he disclosed that the US had partially broken Japanese codes in advance of thee Battle of Midway. Not cool.
I absolutely agree that disclosing the broken Japanese codes was
absolutely inexcusable.

At least from my reading, it appears that the USN was incredibly lax
in securing this secret. Apparently, Nimitz sent word that a major
fleet battle was very likely around Midway to pretty much all fleet
units.

Per my reading, a Chicago Tribune reporter saw this document lying
around a ship far from Midway, with no indications that it was classified.
This was the basis for the story.

Now I don't know if this is true, but in other reading I have seen that
there were widespread rumors that a Midway battle was imminent
around the fleet. These rumors I would assume were based on this
document.

If true, this widespread distrubition of this document to me is
absolutely inexcusable. You do not spread the news of a vital
secret willy-nilly. The more people that know about it, the
more likely it will leak.
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